Saturday, February 26, 2011

When did "Benefit Cuts" become "Entitlement Reforms"?

They're at it again, those slick politicians with their tricky verbal shell-game tactics that always seem to work on the dumb American public. The Republicans have come up with the neat little phrase "entitlement reforms" to disguise their true intent--to make BENEFIT CUTS, and to get rid of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid -- and all other programs that help the elderly and the poor. These days all you hear from both Republicans and Democrats (the "ME-TOO" guys) is "entitlement reforms." They're crafty with their wicked wordsmithing -- the word "entitlement" equals "selfishness" when one hears it--as if someone is asking for something they don't deserve. And "reform" sounds like it could be a good thing. And so, with a simple switcheroo on words, they bamboozle the public once again and get people to think and vote against their own interests.

Read the following article to get a better grasp on how we "country folk" (We, the people) are consistently being fooled by the "big city slickers" (Washington politicians ruled by corporations). Unfortunately, too many people in our country are unable to read between the lines of political rhetoric. They don't have the ability to understand when they are being asked to cut off their noses to spite their face. And so, they vote Republican.

Entitlement Reform is a Euphemism for letting old people get sick and die
By R J Eskow

EXCERPTS: Health care costs are skyrocketing in this country. Shifting more of those costs onto retired people with fixed income (and poor people) would be an economic catastrophe and a humanitarian disaster. A number of studies have shown that people reduce their use of essential as well as non-essential medical care when they can't afford it and that, especially for the elderly, the result is more illness and more death.

That's the Dickensian reality being masked by the innocuous phrase "entitlement reform."

Real reform would have to comprehensively address our broken health care system, whose costs are far higher than those of comparable countries. To truly "re-form" US healthcare we would need to address those differences that make it more expensive, which include higher physician incomes, prescription drug usage, and for-profit hospital chains. It would require changing an incentive structure in which health providers make more money doing expensive procedures for people who don't need them than they do providing needed services to others. And it would require addressing the high costs of administration, overhead, and profit caused by our reliance on private health insurance companies.

But nobody wants to talk about real change like these, so they use phrases like "entitlement reform" that mask the true agenda: Keeping taxes low for the wealthy and protecting for-profit health corporations by shifting the burden to people with less political clout. And by "people with less political clout," you know who I mean: Us.